the measure to legalize gay marriage in may. opponents launched a petition drive to delay the law and put the issue to a vote. yesterday voters rejected it, 53-47%. supporters of the law put out a statement today saying "we're in this for the long haul. for next week, and next month, and next year, until >> all maine families are treated equally." there are five states, iowa, massachusetts, vermont, new hampshire and connecticut, where gay marriage has been legalized. not by a vote, but by either a court order or a decision by a state legislature. new england has been particularly open to gay marriage. but now, maine joins 30 other states that have voted down gay marriage when the issue is put on a ballot. opponents say state lawmakers should take note. >> i think it says something about legislatures, too, certainly here in maine, that they are policing something, that they are not connecting with the people. >> but gay rights activists say such defeats not unexpected.